Russell Johnson is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. He received a bachelor’s degree in 2000 and a master’s degree in sports medicine in 2002 from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He holds a master’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Georgia, and is a certified athletic trainer and strength and conditioning coach.
Russell has been a physical therapist since 2005. He says his role in the clinic includes evaluating new therapy patients and developing a treatment plan with the goal of returning the patient to her/his desired activities.
He decided to become a physical therapist because of a longtime interest in sports medicine, orthopedics, and athletics.
“Physical therapy provides me with a very dynamic and rewarding work environment,” Russell says. “I enjoy developing relationships with patients and helping them achieve their therapy goals.”
Russell and his wife Lesly have two children, Lily and Levi, Russell is the pole vaulting coach for the University of Tennessee, producing numerous SEC champions and All-Americans. He also enjoys playing golf, photography, and traveling.
With an eagerness to learn more about and understand the human body, Tracie worked as a personal trainer while attending Walter State where she earned an Associate’s degree in Applied Science.
As a Physical Therapy Assistant, Tracie provides interventions under the supervision of a Licensed Physical Therapist to help patients regain functional mobility and quality of life. She loves being able to work with people and credits the best part of her job to witnessing a patient regain their freedom from previous impairments.
Tracie enjoys traveling and is always seeking new and unique places to visit.
Shane Fulmer is the Director of Hand Therapy and an occupational therapist with OrthoTennessee. He received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Eastern Kentucky University, completed a hand therapy fellowship in Houston in 1998 and received the hand therapy certification in 1999.
An occupational therapist since 1992, Shane enjoys having the opportunity to improve the daily functioning of individuals in need.
“I like to meet new people, Shane says, “and my role is to assist in returning you to your prior level of functioning.”
In his spare time, Shane likes to be home with his family. He has two daughters, Madison, 10 and Sidney, seven.
Beth Howington is an occupational therapist with OrthoTennessee. She received a bachelor’s degree in occupational therapy from Northeast Louisiana University in Monroe, Louisiana and is a certified hand therapist.
Beth has been an occupational therapist since 1989 and became one because she wanted to work in the medical field—particularly in the accident recovery phase. She says what she most enjoys about her work is helping people recover from injury.
“I evaluate patients to determine their therapy needs and treat them with the goal of achieving full independence in all aspects of life,” Beth says. “I want to see my patients progress and become independent.”
In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling and shopping. She is married and has two children.
Kimberly LeRoy is an occupational therapist at Ortho Tennesee. She has been working as a therapist since 2004. East Carolina University is where Kimberly received her Bachelor's Degree in occupational therapy. Later she received her certification in Hand Therapy in 2009. Kimberly has primarily worked in an outpatient setting for orthopedic injuries.
Occupational therapy has been a definite passion for Kimberly. She states: "I wanted a job that provided me an opportunity to really give back to people and help them regain function and use for what fuels their life. Being an occupational therapist has provided me this opportunity."
In her spare time Kimberly enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys being a runner, dancing, and getting into golf when she can.
Tammy Seymour is a physical therapist assistant with OrthoTennessee. She has been interested in physical therapy since doing a report in eighth grade on the subject, she says. “It’s appealing to me because it involves exercising, teaching, knowing anatomy and helping people,” Tammy says. “I most enjoy helping patients recover from injuries and surgeries along with the attitude and feeling of respect that I get from my patients.” She has been practicing in the field since 1988.
Tammy attended East Tennessee State University and holds an associate’s degree in physical therapy assistance from Roane State Community College. She is Graston certified and works as PTA clinical instructor for several PTA schools.
She says her role in the clinic is treating patients with orthopedic injuries and conditions by providing instructions for therapeutic exercises and manual strengthening according to established protocols. She also coordinates volunteers and physical therapist assistant students from area community colleges. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, playing golf, taking non-credit courses, walking and going to bluegrass concerts.
Cathy Shope is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. She has been a physical therapist since 1981. “I decided to become a physical therapist when I was in middle school after going to a physical therapy session with my dad,” Cathy says. “He had hand surgery and they helped him return to work and playing golf.”
Cathy received a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the UT Health Science Center in Memphis.
Cathy says her role in the clinic is to specialize in all aspects of orthopedic treatments and rehabilitation including industrial medicine. She works with patients injured at work and strives to return them to enjoying life again. She enjoys working with people and seeing patients return to work, sports, and normal activities quickly. In her spare time, Cathy enjoys being on the lake, water skiing in the summer and snow skiing in the winter. She has two sons and one grandchild.
Katie Wood is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. Practicing since 2015, she enjoys treating general orthopeadic patients, but has a special interest in runners of all ages and concussion patients. Katie says, "I was originally interested in equine PT when my horse tore a ligament, but after a few of my own injuries, my interest shifted to the human body. I fell in love with the combination of anatomy, movement science, and interacting with people on a day-to-day basis."
Katie received an bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Maryville College before pursuing her doctorate of Physical Therapy degree at Western Carolina University.
Katie describes her role in the clinic as someone who develops a plan based on her examination and evaluation of patients. "Often, I am adjusting treatment throughout the patient's experience to ensure that the plan is individualized for that particular person. My number one goal is to get my patients back to what they love so they can continue to do that in the future," says Katie. In her spare time, Katie enjoys running, playing with her two wonderful dogs, and riding her horse. She also enjoys hiking or camping on the weekends with her husband.
Candace Rich is a physical therapist with OrthoTennessee. A physical therapist since 2015, her PT roots began with her involvement in athletics throughout her life. "Incorporating exercise into treating medical conditions seemed like a natural fit for me," says Candace.She says that getting to know patients is the most rewarding part of her job.
Candace received a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology Education from the University of Tennessee. Later, she received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from East Tennessee State University.
"My role is to evaluate musculoskeletal conditions of both patients who have and have not had surgery. I treat patients according to my examinations, and I use a combination of exercises and hands-on therapy to treat and prevent injuries and/or other conditions," explains Candace. She also enjoys educating patients to better help themselves prevent future injuries. In her spare time, Candace enjoys playing with her dog, Chipper, exercising, and spending time with her husband. As an alumna, she also likes attending UT sporting events.